Fuji X-Pro1 Update

While working with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, I noticed one very strange phenomenon – the camera’s autofocus system makes babies cry! It is strange, but when I would hand the X-Pro1 to a baby and turn the camera on, they would be very happy until they half-pressed the shutter button, which would cause autofocus to start its painfully slow and inaccurate process of acquiring focus, ultimately making the baby upset:

Fuji X-Pro1 Autofocus Makes Babies Cry

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF50mm f/1.2L USM @ 50mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/5.6

On a serious note, I am trying to catch up with all the gear reviews, so you will be seeing more of those within the next few weeks. I got a hold of the D3200, D800E, D4 and some other toys, so I will be quite busy the next month or so evaluating the cameras and writing more reviews. The Fuji X-Pro1 Review did not have any camera comparisons when I published it, because there was no RAW support at the time. Since Lightroom 4.1 can now handle Fuji X-Pro1 RAW files, I will be working on finishing up the review with some camera comparisons later this week.

We will also be making a couple of announcements this week regarding our upcoming workshop schedule this year, along with a photo contest and some of the projects we are currently working on.

  • Sam

    well roared!
    luv it!

    • Sam

      by the way, forget all the cameras,

      28mm af-s g 1.8 review would be great!

      • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

        Sam, hopefully, I should be receiving it within the next week. I have high hopes for it!

  • DavidL

    Hi Nasim,

    It’s interesting that you say this occurs. I have a D7000 and I find that the AF assist illuminator distracts my Daughter. You think you have the perfect shot, press the button, and the metering lamp distracts her. It’s not as bad as crying though.

    I now have it turned off. Does it matter if I operate with this off 20/7? It seems to work Ok off



    • Paul

      I also have recently acquired a D7000; I have found that the autofocus can be slow, and sometimes has trouble focusing. I did not have this problem with my D70s, which the D7000 replaced. This is particularly an issue when I am trying to shoot pictures of people in lower light. I’m experimenting with different settings, such as some of the different pre-programmed settings, or using a spot focus as opposed to the multi-point focus. This problem is seriously detracting from my enjoyment and use of this camera.

      • DavidL

        I also am not overly wrapped with the autofocus on the D7000. I’ve played around with the settings, but now I manual focus a lot more than I used to.

      • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

        Paul, here are a couple of tips for you when shooting in low light. First, only use the center focus point, because it is the most accurate and the most sensitive. If composing an image is a problem, the best solution is to move focus from the shutter button to a dedicated AF-ON button on the back of the camera. Once you do that, you focus with your thumb using the center focus point, then recompose and press the shutter. Another tip is to use the AF Assist lamp or use a speedlight with infrared beam, as I recommended to DavidL above. The toughest thing to capture is a running kid in a low-light indoors environment. For those cases, your best bet is to use a speedlight, bounce flash off the ceiling and use a smaller aperture like f/4-f/5.6. Lastly, large aperture prime lenses like Nikon 50mm f/1.4 are tough to use in low-light environments. Try an f/2.8 lens (if budget allows) and you will notice a big difference.

        Hope this helps.

        • Jorge Balarin

          Dear Nasim,

          Could you explain me why when you use the flash to photograph a running kid in a low light indoors environment you must choose a small aperture ?

          Another thing. I thought that a 50mm f/1.4 would be a better low light lens than a F/2.8 lens, however you said the opposite. I would like to know why. However I must say that also I noticed that the low light performance of my 24-70mm f/2.8 is superb, to not talk about the low light performance of my 70-200mm F/2.8, but this last zoom has a VR II. Greetings, Jorge.

    • https://photographylife.com Nasim Mansurov

      David, AF assist automatically turns on when there is no light. If you turned it off in the menu completely, then the camera will have a hard time acquiring focus. If the bright light is a distraction, a great alternative would be to use a speedlight like the SB-700. Speedlights have an IR beam that is more accurate than a lamp and they do not distract subjects.

      • DavldL

        Thanks Nasim,

        Both replys were super helpful.


  • Chris

    Hi, Just bought my Fuji X Pro1 three days ago, found a strange phenomenon too. Whenever the battery was at a very low level, the OVF or EVF image became enlarged, like a cropped image. After recharging the battery in full, have to reset the camera using the manual function in order to make the image size back to normal again.

    • Chris

      Fuji technician gave me an answer from email within one day, just hold the OVF/EVF switch for few seconds, it will reset to normal again. Actually, the user manual does not list this function.


  • Alan

    You don’t need to spend money on a Fuji X-Pro 1 to get this effect. I accidentally discovered years ago that a jiggle bug works perfectly. It is (was?) a rather grotesque soft toy that laughs when prompted by its sensors (sound or movement).

  • Gunnar

    So true. Love this picture.